Why study at Roehampton

  • Gain access to the research expertise of staff and expand your understanding of the subject at Roehampton's School of Education and sister institutions in Norway and the Czech Republic.
  • Students also have the opportunity to travel to Malaysia or South Africa to undertake comparative research there.

Course summary

This course is suspended for 2016 entry

This course will enable students to critically explore policy and practice in Special and Inclusive Education (SIE) within Europe and internationally. Expert leaders in different countries will help you to enrich your prior knowledge and develop the skills necessary to contribute to this challenging area, and to inform local developments globally.

Students will develop a clear understanding of SIE across Europe and internationally, to be able to conduct research in the field at an advanced level, and to improve outcomes. To build this knowledge and understanding, students will carry out observation and engagement in educational institutions; collaborate and exchange knowledge, understanding and practice across a range of international contexts; and engage in comparative research activities at various levels in education.

You will especially look at supporting the needs of individuals experiencing a range of barriers to learning and participation in schools and communities, including those identified as having special needs. This will allow students to reflect on policy and professional practice within SIE, encouraging you to reflect on your own prior knowledge and practice, with a wider experience of SIE in different countries.

The course places an emphasis on theory, research and critical enquiry for enhancing competence in professional practice in SIE. Further, with a development of your personal skill and interest, you will be able to conduct rigorous research and enquiry in the field of SIE within Europe and/or internationally at an advanced level. This will contribute to the field globally, and to local developments within students’ own countries.

Particularly, this course will develop students’ ability to operate in complex and specialist contexts, with an increased self-awareness to be able to reflect on your own practice. In addition to this you will have had an opportunity to devise, manage and bring to completion varied-format projects, using the requisite skills in the application and evaluation of research.

Course content

Erasmus Mundus ECThe programme will be studied in a variety of locations, giving students direct experience of the differences of approach and practice in SIE internationally. Initial modules will give students an opportunity to engage with the key issues and debates in SIE, which forms a basis for analysing and reflecting on what provision might be contextually and culturally appropriate in different countries. Other modules will look at innovation in the field, and focus on developing students’ professional knowledge and experience of planning and implementing provision for special needs such as cognition, speech, language, reading and arithmetic, psychosocial conditions and sensory functions.

There is special emphasis on developing students’ research methodology, in preparation for the six month dissertation at the end of the course.  You will learn about different approaches to research and enquiry, both qualitative and quantitative, and how to apply these to key debates in SIE.

The course starts in London in September, and in January the group goes to Oslo (Norway) where they are based until March. From April until June, you will study in Prague (Czech Republic). For the remaining six months, you will be based in the most appropriate country to complete your dissertation, and there is an opportunity to spend three months at USM in Malaysia, engaging in comparative study.

Career options

Teachers and PGCE graduates,educationalists with SENCO responsibilities, careers in education, psychology, ITT, social work, languages, linguistics, special needs and education support professionals and learning mentors.




Number of credits

MA/Mgr: 90 ECTS credits at Level M

Postgraduate entry requirements




16 months (full-time)

Programme start


Tuition fees

See information on SIE fees and scholarships »

Further information

Contact the programme administrator 
+44 (0)20 8392 3146

+44 (0)20 8392 3232

Postgraduate open evening

Wednesday 16 November 2016

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